2018 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners Announced

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee today announced winners of the 2018 Smart Communities Awards.  Now in its 13th year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington State. This year’s honorees include the first tribal project nominated for an award. “Outstanding local collaboration is key to creating sustainable communities with a

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Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year – is some of it yours?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate incomes. OLYMPIA, WA – Workers earning up to $53,930 may be eligible to receive the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A tax return must be filed to get the credit, even if no tax is owed or filing a tax return is not required. Many people are eligible for this tax benefit, but

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Commerce awards $11.8 million for local energy efficiency and solar projects

Grants will lower energy costs in public buildings and create an estimated 514 jobs in communities across Washington state OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $11.8 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help reduce energy costs at six higher education institutions, 27 local governments, four state agencies and 15 K-12 public school districts. Commerce awarded $8.3 million for energy efficiency projects and $3.4

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